Micromedia Reporter Wins Two Excellence In Journalism Awards

  OCEAN COUNTY – Micromedia Publications, the media company behind seven weekly newspapers in Ocean and Monmouth Counties and the hyperlocal website Jersey Shore Online, is elated to announce that news reporter Stephanie Faughnan has won two Excellence in Journalism awards from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

  Faughnan, who has been writing for Micromedia since 2021, came in first place in the Best News Series Print category for “The Plight Of Residents Displaced By Government Land Purchase” and in second place for the Best Arts and Entertainment Coverage category for “Albert Music Hall Delivers Exciting Line-Up For 25th Anniversary Show.”

  Micromedia President and Publisher Stew Swann said “It is with great pride that I learned that Stephanie was recognized. Her first-place award dealt with a story regarding full-time residents of a campground who were displaced from their homes due to a government purchase of the property.”

  Swann added “within the story, Stephanie’s sensitive and insightful interviews with some of the displaced residents showed how deeply the actions of others, over which they have no control, can fundamentally affect their lives. Stephanie is not only a great asset to our company, but also to the field of professional journalism.”

  “Local residents read our newspapers not only to learn about what happened, but why it happened and how it will impact us. Stephanie takes the next step by using her skills to inspire us to make a change,” Micromedia News Editor Chris Lundy said.

  According to organizers of the program, more than 150 entries had been submitted recognizing the best coverage of the Garden State by news outlets in New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia.

  Stephanie and the other winners will be honored on Saturday, November 4 at a ceremony at Michael’s Riverside in Lyndhurst, Bergen County.